Date
19 January 2020

Workplace skills and related competencies

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Prepare students with future-focused skills’

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Job hunting skills

Job hunting skills

Introduce students to tools on the Careers NZ job hunting page that will help them as they apply for work.

  • Finding work – how to increase chances of finding a job
  • CVs and cover letters – how to write an effective CV and cover letter
  • Interviews – information about interview preparation, interview tests, and questions you can ask your interviewer
  • Job offers – what to consider before accepting a job or signing an employment agreement.

Support personal organisation

Support personal organisation

Personal organisation and time management are core skills at tertiary level.

Introduce students to technologies and systems they can begin using while still at school.

  • Encourage students to use their mobile devices to schedule alerts and reminders for regular and novel events and task deadlines.
  • Model how to make graphic organisers and flow charts to support planning and thinking.
  • Explore tools such as Trello to help students structure tasks and break them into smaller manageable ones.
  • Model how to sync calendars between mobile devices.

Source: The good schools guide (opens in a new tab/window)

Skills employers value

Skills employers value

Discuss with students the seven essential employability skills and how they can develop them.

Posters and more information on the Careers NZ website.

  1. Positive attitude
  2. Communication
  3. Teamwork
  4. Self-management
  5. Willingness to learn
  6. Thinking skills (problem solving and decision making)
  7. Resilience

Source: Careers NZ (opens in a new tab/window)

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

Know your skills guide

Publisher: Careers NZ

Visit website

Website

Know your CV guide

Publisher: Careers NZ

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Website

Literacy job profiles

Publisher: Tertiary Education Commission

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Prepare students with future-focused skills”:

Return to the guide “Preparing students to leave school”

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